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Puckster Squad Elects Hill
Full-Time Captain for Year

As Munn


When the members of the Michigan
hockey squad decided to elect a team
captain for the year rather than have
an honorary captain for each game,
they left little doubt as to their choice
as they unanimously elected Connie
Hill, popular defenseman from Nor-
thern Ontario as their leader.
Hill claims Copper Cliff, a small
town in the heart of Canada's nickle
belt, as his birthplace, but he admits
that he has lived in all parts of On-
tario. Residing in the snowy regions
of the Dominion it was only natural
that he took to ice skating at an early
Starts at Home
Beginning his hockey career with
the Copper Cliffs midgets, Hill has
played with many teams both in Can-
ada and in the United States. He
moved up from the midgets to the
juniors, where he played on the
Guelph, Ont., Junior OHA champion-
ship team in 1938. Later Hill played
senior hockey in Canada and 'in the
American Eastern Amateur League.
In 1942 Hill went into the Canadian
Army, joining the armored corps. He
was not eligible for overseas duty and
so became a gas instructor at Camp
Borden, Ont. He was released from
service in February, 1944.
One of Smallest
Out of uniform, Hill does not look
like the typical hockey defenseman.
He is one of the smallest members of
the Wolverine squad, standing 5'5"
and weighing only 155 lbs. Connie
also wears glasses when playing which
are protected by a special helmet.
However, fans who have seen Hill in
action are willing to agree that he
ranks with the best of them despite
his size.
Coach Vic Heyliger has termed Hill
I-M Results
Ships Co. 54, Royal Poontangers 30
Engineers 38, Jr. Birdmen 27
Rangers 44, Watchdogs 22
Semper Five won from DDT, for-

as being the most consistant perform-
er on the team. "Connie is smart,
fast, is an excellent back-checker,
and is versatile in that he can play
both defense and on the line. I think
the squad has chosen a very capable
When asked what he considered his
biggest thrill in hockey, Hill answered
with a grin, "I've had lots of fun in
hockey because I've always liked to
play the game, but being elected cap-
tain was the biggest thrill."

Clarence L. (Biggie) Munn,
Michigan line coach who it is rum-
ored will get first choice at the
Syracuse University head coaching
job vacated by Ossie Solem, re-
turned here yesterday after a lec-
ture tour of Northern Michigan,
and stated that he has heard noth-
ing from Syracuse officials con-
cerning the job.
Munn had previously stated that
he is "interested" in any head
coaching job. Head Coach H. O.
(Fritz) Crisler, who has also been
lecturing on football over the state,
is still out of town.

Free-Style Entrants Headed
By Prew,1941 NCAA Titlist
With a record 200 entries in from all over the state, Michigan's swim-
mers are looking forward to some hot competition at the State AAU tank
meet Saturday night in the Intramural Building pool,
So far has the field topped that of previous years that Coach Matt
Mann has had to slate preliminaries for 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The
finals will be held at 8 p.m. as originally scheduled.
Heading the list of Wolverine chal-'---

Traditional Intra-S quad Track
Meet Will Be Held Tomorrow

One of Michigan's oldest intra-
squad rivalries will be resumed at 7:30
p.m. tomorrow night in Yost Field
House when the two factions of the
Wolverine track squad, the freshmen
and the "old timers," meet in their
annual pre-season time trial com-
The freshman team will be com-
posed of those men who are out for
Michigan track for the first time,
while the ranks of the "old timers"
will be filled by the returning vet-
erans of the 1944-45 squad. A party
at the Michigan Union, to be financed
by the losing team, is the prize that
awaits the victors of tomorrow's com-
petition. ,
Looking for Prosepets
The main purpose of this annual
event is to get a line on the potential
ability of the new men, and at the
same time, to see how the old men
stack up on the basis of past per-
Dean Rockwell, coach of the fresh-
man team, will have most of his
hopes in the distance events riding,
with Joe Shea, Dave. Hess and Bob
Zaworski. The freshmenseem to have
all the ability in the high jump with
several good performers, led by Bob
Harris, competing in the event.
Good Frosh Compete
In the field events, the outstanding
freshmen are Chuck Fonville in the
shot put and Hack Coplin in the
pole vault. Coplin, recently dis-
charged from the armed forces, is

captaining the freshman team and
will also perform in the high hurdles.
Coach Dan Kinsey's "old timers"
will feature a host of outstanding re-
turning veterans. Chuck Birdsall,
Bob Thomason, Archie Parsons, and
Charles Low will be the strong men
in the half-mile, while the sprinters
will be led by Julian Witherspoon
and Henry Fonde. Fonde has just
come over to the cinder squad from
the 1945 varsity football team where
he served at right halfback.
Swanson Leads "Old Men"
Elmer Swanson and John Larson
will be the "old timer" standouts in
the hurdles. In the shot put, good
performances are expected from
George Ostroot and Jim Artley, while
the key man in the pole vault is again
John Larson.
Head track coach, Ken Doherty in-
vites all cinder fans to attend thel
meet which will be open to the public.

lengers will be an old Maize and Blue
opponent, Bill Prew, formerlynof,
Wayne University. Prew is no new-
comer to the Michigan pool.
Through-out the 1940-1 season he
was a standout performer, copping
the NCAA 100-yard free-style race
and finishing second to the renouned
Otto Jaretz in the National AAU
meet of that year.
lprew represents DAC
Prew will represent the Detroit
Athletic Club in the 50-yard free-
style along with Ken Stevens, and
Clarke Scholes of the same organi-
zation. Other visiting entries in the
50 are Tom Coates, Chicopi; Zig-
mund Indyke and Bill Balch, Kronk
Recreation Center; Jim Porter, Don
Dodge and Jim Quigley, Michigan
State; Bill Clapp, Grand Rapids
YMCA; Dick Macek, Boys Club of
Detroit; Jack Fessenden Jackson
High; and Dick Haage, Robert Trout
and Jack Waddell, Arthur Hill High
of Saginaw.
Against this array Mann will pit
Chuck Fries, Dick Weinberg, Dave
Tittle, Chuck Moss, Jay Sanford,
Frank Maple, Art Johnson, and
Chuck Barnes. Fries is the only let-
terrnan of the Wolverine entries but
Weinberg was an All-State high
school free-styler last year and the
rest have shown up well.
Young Mann in 220
The 220-free style field will include
eight invaders: Chet Weshila, Kronk;
George Hoogerhyde and Jim Wil-

Unbeaten Cabers To Face Sailor
Quintet at Great Lakes Saturday

derom, Grand Rapids "Y"; Mike Bu-
kata and Ted Sulisz, Boys' Club of
Detroit; Allyn McCormick, Battle
Creek High; and K. Akerros and D.
Fischer of the Detroit YMCA. For the
Maize and Blue Mann will use Matt
Mann, III, Neville Adams and Chuck
Jordan Returns
To Be Assistant
Wrestling Coach
Matmen open Season
With Hoosiers Away
Forrest "Butch" Jordan, captain of
the 1939-40 wrestling team, returned
to the Michigan campus yesterday in
the capacity of assistant wrestling
Jordan wrestled for three years un-
der Coach Cliff Keen, whom he now
helps in guiding the destiny of the
present wrestling squad. While in
active competition, he won the Big
Ten heavyweight championship. He
now returns after a four-year stretch
in the Navy.
Open with Indiana
Coach Keen, recently returned
from a meeting of the coaches of the
Western, Conference, announced that
the first match would be against the
University of Indiana in Bloomington
'on Jan. 19.
Heacommented on the schedule, re-
vealing that there were fewer match-
es, but more competition with Big
Ten universities. The one usual match
with an Eastern college is absent from
the schedule, but Michigan State is
included from outside the Conference.
Squad Shows Spirit
On his return from Chicago, Keen
stated that the team was rounding
into condition, and several potential
grapplers are showing considerable
In the 121-pound division, Jim
Stark, Brad Straatsman and Frank
Drayton are showing the most prim-
ise, while Art Sachsel, the only re-
turning letterman from last year's
team, and John Allred are the best
prospects at 128 pounds. The best of
the 136's are Maurice Smith and
Dick Richardson. Bob Jobson, Wayne
Smith and Pete Clements have shown
up well at 145.
Courtright at 165 Spot
At 155 pounds, there are Stu Sny-
der, Jack Russell and Bill Cranston,
while Captain Bill Courtright, Bob
Bosworth and Ward Peterson com-
mandthe wrestlers in the 165npound
division. Bob DeNuyl, George Chiames
and John McGowan will wrestle at
175, and the most promising heavy-
weights include Walt Blumenstein,!
Tom Jones, R. W. Snyder and varsity
footballer Al Wahl.
Coach Keen also announced that
the preliminaries for the all-campus
wrestling tournament will be held on
Wednesday, Dec. 18, and the finals
on Thursday.
Wings Tie Bruins
BOSTON, Dec. 12-"P)-The De-
troit Red Wings kept their jinx over
the Boston Bruins alive by coming
behind for a 2-2 tie tonight before a
packed 13,900 crowd at the Boston

THE SCHEDULED 1947 return to pre-war Western Conference eligi-
bility rules, the most important development at last week's meeting of Big
Ten officials in Chicago, has had no immediate effect on the Michigan
sports scene.
Although it was erroneously reported Sunday that Dave Strack,
former captain of the basketball squad who returned to his forward
position this year after a discharge from the Marines, would be forced
to withdraw from competition, Michigan fans subsequently learned that
neither Strack nor any other member of the cage quintet would be
affected by the Big Ten ruling.
The specific regulation figured to cut Strack from the squad states
that an athlete who completed three years of varsity competition before the
February, 1943, emergency legislation on wartime athletics was enacted is
immediately ineligible. Strack completed two years on the varsity before
he left campus.
Ineligibility in other midwestern cage camps, however, is causing
consternation among basketball coaches this week. DePaul University,
which adheres to Big Ten athletic rules, may lose the services of its
sensational All-American high-scorer, 6 ft. 9> in. George Mikan. Mikan
did not play ball during his freshman year, but has had three years of
varsity experience.
ALTHOUGH THE THREE-YEAR RULE will go into effect immediately,
the barring of freshmen from varsity competition will not become a reality
until 1947. Conference officials voted to require one year of residence before
allowing varsity competition, eliminating freshmen from Big Ten rosters
once more.
We expect this ruling to insure strong Western Conference football
squads in 1947. Not only will Big Ten teams have stored up a tremen-
dous backlog of material by giving freshmen an extra year of varsity
experience to prepare them for the 1947 and subsequent campaigns,
but they also anticipate the return of athletes transferred to other
schools at the beginning of the war. These athletes will become imme-
diately eligible.
The Conference adherence to pre-war standards is commendable.
Although this year's many freshman regulars have proved that they are
capable of varsity play, the quality of Big Ten football has undeniably fallen
off. No better illustration of this tendency can be found than in the fact
that the traditionally-strong midwestern squads placed only one man on
the Associated Press, or any other, All-American aggregation this season.
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With victories over three major
college hoop squads already under
their belts, Michigan's cagers will
face their first out-of-state competi-
tion Saturday night, when they en-
counter the Great Lakes quintet
on the sailors' home floor.
Although boasting only one victory
in three starts, the Bluejackets prom-
ise to provide stiff opposition to the
Wolverines' attempt to rack up their
fourth consecutive win of the season,
according to basketball Coach Bennie
Sailors Also Beat State
Great Lakes started its season los-
ing to Wright Field, and came back
to top the Michigan State, before
bowing to Illinois last Saturday. The
victory over the Spartans, who put up
a good fight against the Wolverines
and the presence of Mel Riebe, Cleve-
land cager who holds the National
Professional League's scoring rec-
ord, in the line-up give strong indi-
cation that the Sailors will be a
threat to Michigan's unbeaten record.
Another factor, which might be
considered in judging Great Lakes
record is that service teams with their
rapidly-shifting personnel, probably
face more handicaps in forming a
squad than most college teams do
and, consequently, usually do not go
into high gear until after the season's
Oosterbaan Silent on Starters
An outstanding example of this
was shown on the gridiron this fall
when the Great Lakes' football team
All letter winners are requested
to report to the Union at '7:30 to-
night for a meeting of the campus
M Club. The purpose of the meet-
ing will be to organize the M Club
for the year and to elect officers.

started as a very mediocre squad
and closed its season by swamping
one of the top teams in the country,
Notre Dame. With three games be-
hind them, the cage team might eas-
ily be in the same position.
Oosterbaan declined to announce
Michigan's starting lineup for Satur-
day's contest but asserted that, "The
team is still in the formative stage
and we haven't any definite starting
Gridders Practice at IM
One of the reasons that the battle
for starting positions is still on, aside
from the earliness of the season, is
the late reporting of the football
men. The gridders, who reported for
their first cage practice little more
than two weeks ago, are still far from
top form as it takes at least a month
for them to get in shape, according to
The majority of them are still
working out under Ernie McCoy and
Art Valpey in the I-M gym and only
Pete Elliot, a guard, and Len Ford,
giant center candidate are drilling
with the varsity in the Field House.
Indihans Tra
Baby to Bosox
CHICAGO, Dec. 12 -(P)- Base-
ball's big leaguers and Commissioner
A. B. (Happy) Chandler apparently
agreed today to bury the hatchet-
and not in each other - and wound
up their winter meetings by approv-
ing "unlimited" night baseball for
The Cleveland Indians traded tem-
peramental Jim Bagby to the Boston
Red Sox for slim Lefty Vic Johnson
and $5,000 in cash, and it was gener-
ally reported that come next season,
the 1943 St. Louis Cardinal field cap-
tain and infielder, Jimmy Brown, will
be wearing a Pittsburgh uniform.

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